Divers of the Indian Navy and teams of the NDRF and fire and emergency services have pulled out 14 bodies from the motor launch which capsized in Godavari river on Tuesday evening. The number of missing persons is yet to be confirmed.
The launch, found at a depth of 60 feet barely 100 metres from the shore near a tribal hamlet named Varapalli, was salvaged with the help of a crane and boats.
Officials at Devipatnam police station said bodies of eight women, four children and two men were recovered from the cabin of the vessel, which sank during a squall on Tuesday evening. At least 40 people, Kondareddy tribals from hamlets along the river, were on board the launch headed for Varapalli.
“The bodies were found in the cabin where they had taken shelter from the rain and high speed winds when the storm hit on Tuesday afternoon. They had locked the windows and door to escape the rain and had no chance to come out when the boat tilted and capsized suddenly. Divers broke open the windows and a door to bring out the bodies,’’ an official said.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu…